Anzio The Gamble That Failed by Martin Blumenson

By Martin Blumenson

Anzio, a small city an insignificant hour's force from Rome, grew to become a battleground on which either Allies and Germans paid a bloody cost. deliberate via Churchill as a rapid amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 conflict of Anzio has been seen by means of a few as some of the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied warfare attempt, and by way of others as one of many war's singular misplaced possibilities. Blumenson examines the activities of the boys concerned, together with Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes under consideration files from Allied and German resources.

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Rarely could they Anzio: The Gamble That Failed 28] was on the ground that the Germans could meet the with more than a show of equality. German divisions, whether infantry, panzer grenadier, paratroop, or panzer, were It Allies much alike, differing only in the proportions of infantrymen, and vehicles. A German division numbered between 10,000 and 17,000 men according to its type, with 6 tanks, artillery, battalions of infantry organized into 2 or or tank battalions, 2 1 to 3 complements of engineer, regiments, with 3 battalions of artillery, signal, 1 and the usual and supporting troops.

Quarters [31 his head- to wait until he could But German success in retarding the Allied advance caused wonder whether tieing down the Germans and the Allies to capturing Rome might In one sense, the into Allied hands, for CCS the directive. By be mutually incompatible. German it defense in southern Italy played permitted the Allies to carry out the allowing themselves to be contained in Italy, Germans had removed not only the possibility of but also the necessity for an Allied campaign in the Balkans to divert the Germans from the western shore of France.

Still trying to get to the Cassino line in December, the Fifth Army was much too far from Anzio for a landing to succeed. Nor could troops be spared from the battle flaming on the approaches to that an amphibious operation. Beyond the Mignano gap, Mounts Sammucro and Trocchio denied Clark access to ground that appeared suitable for more rapid advance, the Rapido line for River plain and the Liri River valley. Fighting to the edge of the high ground overlooking the flooded Rapido plain brought the Fifth Army close to exhaustion.

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